The Worst Places to Retire in the U.S.

You'll be better off retiring elsewhere.

Like Proud Mary, Tina Turner left a good job in the city --- and largely retired from show business to live outside breathtaking Zurich, Switzerland, in a home that resembles a fairytale castle and overlooks a crystal-blue lake.

It's simply the best. Literally a rockstar retirement.

You may have to settle for something much less grand and much closer to home than Lake Zurich when you're ready to clock out for the last time.

Beautiful Lake Zurich in Switzerland
Beautiful Lake Zurich in Switzerland, where Tina Turner has her home.

But so what if there's river deep, no mountain high awaiting you? You still should be picky and choose a place that better be good to you.

And that means avoiding these U.S. cities. According to multiple surveys, they're the places where it can be toughest to enjoy your post-work years.

36. New York, New York

Times Square in New York City
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The Big Apple can be expensive for seniors.

If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere in retirement — because New York can be a tough place for seniors.

Oh, entertainment superstars like Lauren Bacall and Greta Garbo chose to spend their later years in Manhattan, because they could blend in and not be bothered. But they had A LOT of money. You'll need it.

Affordability? Fuhgeddaboudit! The Council for Community and Economic Research has declared the Big Apple the most expensive city in America, and the National Association of Realtors says the median sale price for an existing single-family home in the New York region was $403,900 at the end of 2018.

Taxes are high, too, and America's largest city also has below-average weather. (The winters can be cold and even snowy at times.) But given the parks, museums and theaters, there's plenty for retirees to do.